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Fun Facts About Leopard Geckos

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  • Leopard geckos get their name from the leopard-like spots that cover the backs of adult leopard geckos.
  • Leopard geckos are indigenous to the Middle East and parts of Northern India.
  • The most notable trait of leopard geckos is their unusually gentle disposition.
  • Many geckos lack eyelids, but not leopard geckos! They can even blink and close their eyes while sleeping.
  • Leopard geckos have a tail that can detach if grabbed by a predator, giving them time to escape.
  • Leopard geckos are available in many different colors and patterns.
  • Nearly all geckos have a voice. Leopard geckos have a small “bark” they use if agitated but are not as vocal as other gecko species.
  • Leopard geckos can grow up to nine inches and live for 10 or more years with proper care.
  • Leopard geckos are nocturnal, keeping out of the heat of the day and coming out at night to forage for food.
  • A leopard gecko’s gender is determined by its incubation temperature. At 90° F, virtually all the eggs are male; near 80° F, most of the eggs will be female. An incubation temperature of 85° F will produce about an equal number of males and females.
  • Leopard gecko tails are used to store fat; they can use this reserve in times of famine when food sources are sparse.
  • When hunting, mating and defending territory, leopard geckos shake their tails.
  • Leopard geckos have little claws instead of sticky pads like other types of geckos. They are rarely found off of the ground.
  • Leopard geckos don’t just eat crickets—they love all kinds of insects, including mealworms, superworms and waxworms.
  • Leopard geckos can see better than other gecko species. Their vision is comparable to that of a cat.